The BettyFlies Team
BettyFlies Board of Directors
Suzanne is the founder of The BettyFlies Foundation, and the eldest daughter of Betty Haas Pfister. Suzanne was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado. She grew up on a ranch at the base of the Buttermilk Ski Area with her parents and two younger sisters. She raised two sons and was very active on the Board of Directors for both the Wildwood School and the Aspen Education Foundation when her children were young.
Throughout her adult life, Suzanne has remained involved in the Aspen community. She has been a real estate broker since 1999 with the Pitkin Land Company and also owned and operated a successful property management company.She has always been very much a part of our vital and growing valley and remains passionate about giving back to the town where she grew up. Suzanne is an avid paddler, skier, and hiker. She loves the Aspen area and still calls the Roaring Fork Valley home.
Sue is of counsel with Alpine Legal Services, and a Partner at OSC Law & Mediation. Starting her career as an electrical engineer, she eventually obtained MBA and law degrees, and worked as a Patent Attorney for the prestigious Ackerman Senterfitt law firm in Palm Beach, Florida. Seeking a better quality of life, Sue and her family relocated to Aspen in 2004 where she joined Alpine Legal Services, allowing her to pursue her passion for helping those less fortunate in the areas of domestic violence, family law, and Elder issues.
Sue is now transferring her extensive experience practicing law and litigation into focusing primarily on Mediation, with a specialization in all aspects of Family Law. She has completed formal training in Mediation, including working with the Jeffco Mediation Program in Golden, Colorado. Moreover, Sue has completed formal training in Collaborative Divorce Law with a focus to minimize trauma and suffering on families going through transition by employing alternative, humane approaches, such as Collaborative Law and Mediation.
Sue is the mother of two adult children, Secretary of the Board of Aspen Words, and enjoys the gamut of activities available in our beautiful valley.
Bobbi has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1989. She has extensive experience in finance having worked for Goldman Sachs, Third Avenue Management and Gemini Real Estate Advisors. Her passion for aviation began when she started flying helicopters. She and her husband, Michael Ortiz, own a Robinson 66 Turbine to enjoy flying in the mountains. They also operate a helicopter leasing company and have interest in Aspen Heli Ops. Bobbi was an active member of the Starwood Homeowners Association Board.
Jill has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of aviation and aerospace. She spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force followed by more than 20 years as an Aerospace Systems Engineer, Engineering Manager, Program Manager and Business Leader at several defense and commercial companies.
In 2017, Jill was the primary support person for Dreams Soar Inc. founder Shaesta Waiz’s solo flight around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Jill handled flight and ground logistics for the 145-day “Global Flight for STEM” and led the planning of 32 Outreach events in 14 countries.
Jill obtained her pilot’s license at age 17 and earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from UT-Austin. She is now an aviation/aerospace consultant based in Albuquerque, NM. Jill has been a public speaker on STEM, Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems, Aerospace Engineering and Women in Aviation & Aerospace for over four years. In 2019, Jill was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.
Taylor is a longtime friend of the Pfister family. Taylor has been engaged in the Colorado business community for over 40 years in banking, real estate and private business. He has an extensive background as a Chief Financial Officer in the corporate world and has served in leadership positions on non-profit boards and foundations throughout his career. Presently, he is working as a financial advisor in estate planning, trusts and investment management.
Taylor is a fifth generation Coloradan who grew up and went to school in Aspen. His passion is the outdoors and he has hiked, skied and fished many of the mountains, trails and rivers of this beautiful state. Taylor is married with two fine sons and spends time with his family at their cabin located near the Lost Park Wilderness area in South Park. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with The BettyFlies Foundation, its dedicated board of directors and the Aspen community.
Jeanne has lived in Aspen for many years. She now splits her time between Aspen and New York City, but remains an active support of both local and national philanthropic causes. Jeanne is an active member of the Concussion Legacy Advisory Board, the Explore’s Club, the Eye to Eye Dyslexic Advisory Advocate, and the Jed Foundation Advisory Board. She is a sailor, a cyclist and an adventurer.
BettyFlies Advisory Board
Dr. Terry Gotthelf Sims
Richard “Dick” Arnold
Dr. Dee Bielenberg
Kim was a close friend of Betty’s and has always been a friend to the entire Pfister family. She was a pilot and Flight Department Manager for Aspen Aviation from 1988-2006. From 1984 - 1999, Kim was the Director of the Aspen Air Show. She was a volunteer at the Aspen Valley Hospital Pet Therapy Program from 2011-2018. At the same time, Kim was the Client Relations Manager for Atlantic Aviation from 2006-2018. Kim has her commercial, Instrument Rated Pilot CE-500 Type Rating and is currently the Co-chairman of 99’s Aspen Chapter.
Klaus Obermeyer, Jr.
Michael is one of the founders of the agricultural OTC industry and has launched several highly profitable ag OTC operations. Michael’s clients include commodity producers of all sizes, hedge funds, other financial institutions and corporate end users.
Michael is a rated helicopter pilot. He and his wife Bobbi operate a helicopter leasing company and have an interest in Aspen Heli Ops.
Dr. David Swersky
Lucas Van Arsdale